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Prison Officer

Register your interest in becoming a prison officer.


The Department of Justice's core focus is on SSSR:

  • Security of detainees and prisoners in correctional facilities and offenders on community based orders
  • Safety of our people
  • Safety of offenders, detainees and prisoners
  • Rehabilitation.

As a prison officer you will:

  • support the Department's goal of ensuring  community safety
  • contribute to the safe, secure and efficient operation of the prison and custody of prisoners
  • play a key part in the rehabilitation process by helping prisoners address the issues that are relevant to their offending behaviours.

The role

Your biggest challenge will be building rapport with prisoners in your care while maintaining professionalism and good conduct. Balancing authority and understanding with a non-judgemental and compassionate approach is essential.

Prison officers act as role models for prisoners, to motivate and encourage them and put structure into their lives.

Your tasks will vary according to the security level of the prison and can include:

  • induction of prisoners
  • staffing various units in the prison including the gatehouse, accommodation wings and other strategic areas
  • helping prisoners develop a plan to make the best use of their time in prison
  • assisting with vocational training of prisoners
  • escorting prisoners and supervising prison activities including recreation, industry and training
  • writing daily reports
  • responding to incidents and complying with all policies and procedures.

The benefits

Our Prison Officers enjoy a range of great benefits including:

  • employment security
  • flexible working conditions - prisons operate on a 24 hour roster system, 7 days a week
  • generous leave entitlements including:
    • up to 6 weeks of annual leave
    • personal leave
    • parental leave (paid and unpaid)
    • study leave
    • long service leave after 7 years
    • purchased leave
  • salary for Prison Officers on shift work: $72,917 - $85,186 per annum plus superannuation
  • opportunities for promotion and career development
  • supplied uniforms
  • regional incentives including a regional incentive allowance of $2237 or $4472 per annum paid fortnightly (depending on the location)
  • the ability to utilise your life experience to help a prisoner turn their life around.


To be appointed to a Prison Officer position you must:

  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or hold Australian permanent residency.
  • Possess a current and unrestricted C-Class (Manual) driver's licence.
  • Possess, or be willing to obtain, a current Provide First Aid qualification which at the time of appointment must have 9-months validity remaining.
  • Receive clearance through a National Criminal History check and the Department’s Integrity Assessment.
  • Successfully complete all relevant pre-employment medical, fitness, psychological, and any other selection assessments as determined by the Department.

Selection process

To be considered for placement in the 12 month appointment pool, you will need to successfully complete a range of assessments. Some of these may include:

  • assessment of application
  • employment profile assessment, which includes:
    • literacy and aptitude testing
    • personality questionnaires
    • in some cases, an interview with a psychologist
  • selection panel interview
  • reference checks
  • medical assessment
  • fitness assessment
  • criminal history and integrity screening
  • any other assessments or checks as noted in the job advertisement.


All Prison Officers initially complete a 10-week (paid) Entry Level Training Program (ELTP), which is typically held at the Corrective Services Academy in Perth. Successful graduates continue learning on the job, whilst completing a competency-based qualification. After 9 months of probation, officers can be recommended for permanency pending satisfactory performance and attainment of the CSC30115 Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Custodial).

Contact us

Dates for the next recruitment drive have not been confirmed, however you can register your interest at Prison Officer Registry. Registered persons will be sent an email when applications open again.

For further information about the recruitment of Prison Officers, contact us by:

  • Email:

For more information about careers with the Department, refer to the working with us page or a list containing all current vacancies in the Department.

Page last updated: 27-Nov-2017